When we think of a crown, we might immediately think of the sign of royalty, including kings, queens, princes, and princesses. However, crowns are also a term used in dentistry. Dental crowns are restorations that can cap a single tooth to offer it strength and protection. These restorations are made with materials such as ceramic and porcelain that look like natural tooth enamel to maintain the appearance of a beautiful smile.
How are dental crowns used?
There are many reasons why a patient may consider the placement of a dental crown.
- Dental crowns can be used to replace teeth. Dental crowns are used in a few different situations to replace missing teeth. The crown often fits over the top abutment of a dental implant, which is surgically placed into the bone of the jaw after a tooth has been lost or extracted. This provides a false tooth that functions as a natural tooth. Additionally, a dental crown may be fused to a pontic to create a bridge. The crown ends are bonded over adjacent teeth to support placement of the bridge in the smile.
- Dental crowns can strengthen a tooth. When patients have had large areas of decay or even infection inside of the tooth, certain materials such as fillings or gutta percha can still leave the tooth susceptible to damage. A dental crown is often bonded over a tooth that has experienced changes to the structural integrity. This can protect the tooth from damage and make it stronger and more durable.
- Dental crowns can cover stained or imperfect teeth. When breakage or staining is a problem on the molars or other teeth, dental crowns can be fabricated to bond over the top to change the appearance and improve overall aesthetics.
Call Dr. Steve Holbrook today
If you reside in Albuquerque, NM and are interested in working with a dentist with over three decades of dental experience, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook at (505) 881-1159. His dental practice is equipped to help with a wide range of general, cosmetic, and restorative dental concerns. The office is located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE in Suite C and is accepting new patients.